The Philippine fencing team won three gold, two silver and five bronze medals in the 2016 Southeast Asian (SEA) Fencing Federation Championships held in Singapore on Monday.
Louie Brennan Wayne led the gold medalists by topping the men’s foil category. He bested Singaporeans Zhenggang Zhang and Yu Xiang Akira Goh of Singapore, who claimed the silver and bronze, respectively.
Wayne joined forces with Nathaniel Perez, Samuel Tranquilan and Michael Nicanor to bag the men’s foil team gold medal. They beat the Singaporeans 45-43 to snatch the crown.
Harlene Orendain, Gabrielle Estimada and Hanniel Abella pulled an upset victory over powerhouse Vietnam, 45-42, to claim the top honors in the epee women’s team competition.
The Philippine women’s team also won a silver medal in saber while Noelito Jose bagged another silver in men’s individual epee.
The bronze winners were Perez in men’s individual foil, Orendain in women’s individual epee, the women’s foil team, the men’s epee team and the men’s saber team.
The Philippines finished third overall behind Vietnam and Singapore.
The team was under coaches Ramil Endriano, Oniong Vizcayno, and Ricardo Fuenzalida.
In the 2015 Singapore SEA Games, the Filipino fencers went home with four silver and two bronze medals.